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FCC: 44% of Net Connections Meet Broadband Speed Goal

According to
the FCC's just-released report on Internet access service, only 44% of
fixed connections have advertised speeds that approximate the national
broadband plan's deployment target of 4 megabits
per second downstream and 1 Mbps upstream (it used 3 Mbps/768
kbps as the benchmark).

The report follows the 706 report on broadband in July
that concluded broadband was not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely manner.

In both reports the FCC is basing its findings on new and different data and new ways to look at it.

Rosenberg, chief data officer of the Wireline Competition Bureau,
pointed out in a blog on the biannual report that it had been
rechristened the Internet Access Report rather than the High-Speed
Service Report to reflect the reports' migration from an old FCC
definition of "high-speed" as anything over 200 kilobits per second.

Rosenberg pointed out that the 706 report found that 90% of homes have access to networks capable of delivering 4/1 speeds.

The report
found that subscriptions to mobile plans with full Internet access had
increased by 40% in the first six months of 2009 (the data was as of
June 2009), which Rosenberg said "underscores
how critical it is to free-up more spectrum to support these popular,
innovation-driving services, as called for in the National Broadband

The FCC is
trying to reclaim/free up another 500 Mhz of spectrum from broadcasters,
other commercial providers and government to auction for wireless

Other report
findings include that, for the first six months of 2009, Cable modem
connections were up by 3% to 41 million; DSL was up 1% to 31 million,
and fiber made the biggest percentage jump in
fixed-location service, up 23% to 4 million. Satellite was up 6% to 1